|Dog that saved its owner|
A dog that saved its owner form a domestic attack was given an award.
A young Missouri Great Dane named Hank, who did not hesitate to get in danger to protect its owner from an attack, was given the Humane Society 5th Annual Dog of Valor Award.
Hank crawled over the back of its owner to protect her from her boyfriend when he went after her with a hammer, according to the Humane Society.
The man turned to Hank, who suffered several broken ribs and a broken hip, and then he dragged Hank who was seriously injured to a busy street and left him there.
The owner of Hank, McKenzie, was able to escape from her attacker, who was threatening to shoot her and Hank.
Police said McKenzie called the Rose Brooks Center, but was told the shelter could not take any dogs. When she said she preferred to sleep in her car rather than to leave her "angel", the shelter bent the rules to allow the hero dog a safe place to stay.
The center is currently raising funds for a $140,000 wing for family pets, according to reports in the news media.
"Dogs at this year’s Humane Society awards are powerful examples of the strong bond between people and animals," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society, said in a statement.
"The heroism of Hank in the face of terrible violence is just another example of how dogs use their senses and incredible intelligence."